In the spirit of NHSG Feelgood Friday posts, each Friday GHAT will highlight links to arts activity you may find interesting. This will include information about upcoming GHAT activity and links to other organisations. We also have a Feelgood Friday newsletter which will be sent to our mailing list with the weekly updates.

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John Walter // The Fourth Wall // Artist Interview – Look Again Festival
(3.43 minutes)

The Fourth Wall by John Walter was a 360° immersive video exhibited in Virtual Reality set in Marischal College, commissioned for the Look Again Festival in 2019. John’s first VR work, it built on his experience of working in video, animation, computer-aided design, collage, painting and sculpture but abbreviates these approaches into a completely new kind of aesthetic.

John’s Co-Factors exhibition is still currently on in The Suttie Arts Space for staff on-site to enjoy. The large scale paintings in the exhibition were originally part of his CAPSID installation in London and Manchester.

Monthly Podcast from the Scottish Poetry Library
(times vary)

The Scottish Poetry Library was established in 1984 and is now a unique national resource and advocate for the art of poetry and Scottish poetry in particular. Although the library itself is closed, you can still access their archive of podcasts which feature interviews and readings from national and international poets.

Writing Art; Creative Writing with Shane Strachan – Feb and April 2020
(4.31 minutes)

This short film highlights examples of poetry created during Shane Strachan’s creative writing workshops inspired by the Grampian Hospitals Art Trust Art Collection, in February and April 2020. Workshop participants had the opportunity to create a new text in response to an artwork from the GHAT Art Collection which inspired them. 

Both events were supported by Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature programme and are part of GHAT’s Shared Collective Heritage project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage FundAberdeen City Council and The Rayne Foundation.

Professor Matthew Hay’ by Diane May

NHS Grampian and GHAT are celebrating the centenary of the formal announcement of the creation of the “Joint Hospitals Scheme”. As part of the larger Amplify Project, funded by Creative Scotland, GHAT is collaborating with NHSG Archives and Aberdeen Performing Arts to explore the creation of the Joint Hospitals Scheme, an essential step into establishing the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary as a pioneering centre when it comes to public health and education. The project focuses on building a historical and emotional bridge between the two centuries, a process that heavily involves the current hospital community and pays homage to the ARI’s legacy

This article about the visionary creator of Joint Hospital Scheme was written Diane May, Amplify project intern and volunteer for NHSG Archives.

Virtual Lunchbreak Concerts
(times vary)

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Lunchbreak concerts in the Cowdry Hall have gone virtual. Throughout May their usual Thursday lunchbreak concert has been brought to you online for free during the lockdown. The previous virtual concerts are also online for you to listen to at any time.

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Zoom Backgrounds

Just for some, fun spice up you zoom meetings with artwork from Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums’ collection. Select and download the custom backgrounds from Virtual Views, Lockdown Landscape and Interesting Interiors options.

Writing Art; Creative Writing with Shane Strachan – Feb 2020
(5.42 minutes)

This is the third of 3 short films highlighting some examples of poetry created during Shane Strachan’s evening of creative writing inspired by the Grampian Hospitals Art Trust Art Collection, in February 2020. Workshop participants then had the opportunity to create a new text in response to an artwork from the GHAT Art Collection which inspired them. 

The event was supported by Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature programme and is part of GHAT’s Shared Collective Heritage project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage FundAberdeen City Council and The Rayne Foundation.

International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day’ by Fiona Musk

NHS Grampian Archives has taken part in both the International Day of the Midwife (5th May) and International Nurses Day (12th May). This document was written by Fiona Musk, NHSG Archivist, about both days and the history of Midwifery and Nursing in Aberdeen.

GHAT is currently working with NHS Grampian Archives and Aberdeen Performing Arts on a project exploring the creation of the Joint Hospitals Scheme in Aberdeen during 1920, as part of the Amplify Project, funded by Creative Scotland.

Glasgow Short Film Festival Online
(times vary)

Glasgow Short Film Festival Online brings you Family Shorts, a selection of animated short films, most of which have been screened during the festival. Glasgow Short Film Festival, the largest short film festival in Scotland, champions film talent by providing an annual showcase and meeting point for new and established Scottish and international filmmaker.

Louis’ Lockdown Kitchen Disco
(54.26 minutes)

As part of the new series on Radio 4, Grounded with Louis Theroux, Louis has created ‘The ultimate mix of songs for your kitchen rave!’

Grounded with Louis Theroux is available through the BBC Sounds app.

‘Erini Pt.I’ by Alex Smoke
(41.39 minutes)

Exploring the boundaries between sonics, neuroscience and therapy, Glasgow-based musician and composer, Alex Smoke’s album Eirini, was written and produced as part of a Fellowship with the NHS in 2018. Benefitting both body and mind, this soothing electronic suite was performed with live processing and added vocals.

Emily Utter Creative-Me-Podcast
(47 minutes)

Episode 10 of the Creative Me Podcast series features the local writer Emily Utter (who also happens to be GHAT’s Artroom Writer in Residence at Roxburghe House).

Emily is originally from Canada, she talks about her family connections to Aberdeen, along with reflections on early childhood influences that fed into her imagination growing up on a farm.

All episodes are available on Itunes, google podcasts, TuneIn radio, podcast addict, player FM and Soundcloud.

‘The Warld’ by Violet Jacob
(1.30 minutes)

This recording of Violet Jacob’s poem ‘The Warld’, was made for The Cateran Ecomuseum and read by  Jo Gilbert (who also happens to be GHAT’s Artroom Senior Manager).

Violet Jacob was a Scottish poet, painter, and novelist born in Angus in 1863. Jacob is best known for her historical novel Flemington published in 1911.

‘The Joint Hospitals Scheme’ by Diane May

NHS Grampian and GHAT are celebrating the centenary of the formal announcement of the creation of the “Joint Hospitals Scheme”. As part of the larger Amplify Project, funded by Creative Scotland, GHAT is collaborating with NHSG Archives and Aberdeen Performing Arts to explore the creation of the Joint Hospitals Scheme, an essential step into establishing the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary as a pioneering centre when it comes to public health and education. The project focuses on building a historical and emotional bridge between the two centuries, a process that heavily involves the current hospital community and pays homage to the ARI’s legacy.

This document was written Diane May, the project intern and volunteer for NHSG Archives, as a brief background to the Joint Hospitals Scheme and the three hospitals involved which are now all located on the Foresterhill site.

You can also read the Evening Express interview with Fiona Musk, NHS Grampian Archivist, about the Joint Hospital Scheme and the collaboration here.

Writing Art; Creative Writing with Shane Strachan – Feb 2020
(5.23 minutes)

This is the second of 3 short films highlighting some examples of poetry created during Shane Strachan’s evening of creative writing inspired by the Grampian Hospitals Art Trust Art Collection, in February 2020. Workshop participants then had the opportunity to create a new text in response to an artwork from the GHAT Art Collection which inspired them. 

The event was supported by Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature programme and is part of GHAT’s Shared Collective Heritage project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage FundAberdeen City Council and The Rayne Foundation.

Portraits, Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin
(0.42 minutes)

As part of the Resonate | Disseminate project which took place in Dr Grays and Inverurie, project artists Mike Inglis and Graeme Roger created 2 films celebrating the staff of both hospitals. This is the film which was made with Dr Grays staff that was then projected across the hospital building in November in 2017. You can see how the event here.

The final event was open for everyone to attend and with help from members of RAF Lossiemouth, patients who needed extra support to attend came along as well.

Portraits, Inverurie Hospital and Inverurie Library
(0.44 minutes)

As part of the Resonate | Disseminate project which took place in Dr Grays and Inverurie, project artists Mike Inglis and Graeme Roger created 2 films celebrating the staff of both hospitals. This is the film which was made with Inverurie Community Hospital staff and members of the Inverurie community. The film was then projected across the hospital Admin Block, which used to be the original Nurses Home, in November in 2017. You can see how the went here.

 

Aurora Musicalis by Sounds of Space Project
(90 minutes)

Aurora Musicalis contains the natural radio ‘sounds’ of our planet, recorded at British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica. From four years of data collected at Halley VI VLF, the Sounds of Space team chose 24 hours from the 9 August to 10 August 2012 to explore with music and art. The results can be heard here in this 90-minute album which has just been released and free to download here.

Live Life @ Home

A one-stop-shop of virtual creativity and activity has been launched by Live Life Aberdeenshire. It offers a range of engaging, entertaining and informative activities and resources for you while at home or on a break at work.

 

Feelgood Friday Playlist
(times vary)

The GHAT team who are bringing you the Feelgood Friday Newsletter each week have put together a Feelgood Friday Playlist for you. We hope you enjoy it as well as the other playlists created for you by our project partners. You can still listen to them all  – Music in Hospitals and Care and Sound Scotland.

The Tide Brings, The Tide Takes
(14.57 minutes)

This short horror film was made as part of the Resonate | Disseminate project in 2018. Staff at Dr Grays Hospital Elgin worked with project artists Mike Inglis and Graeme Roger to write, produce and star in the film. The horror film theme came from the staff who participated in the scriptwriting workshops. The film was shot on location in the hospital, NHS staff including catering, porters and medical teams took on the roles of script development, producers, location scouts, cinematographers and actors. It also has an original poem written and performed by our Artroom Manager Jo Gilbert. The film premiered at the Inverness Film Festival in November 2018. 

Writing Art; Creative Writing with Shane Strachan – Feb 2020
(5.43 minutes)

This short film has some examples of poetry created during Shane Strachan’s evening of creative writing inspired by the Grampian Hospitals Art Trust Art Collection, in February 2020. Workshop participants then had the opportunity to create a new text in response to an artwork from the GHAT Art Collection which inspired them. 

The event was supported by Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature programme and is part of GHAT’s Shared Collective Heritage project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Aberdeen City Council and The Rayne Foundation.

Aberdeen Maternity Hospital – NHS Grampian Archives

(1.45 minutes)

This is the third film from NHS Grampian Archives looking at the history of the Foresterhill site and the origins of the Joint Hospital Scheme for the GHAT Amplify Project. Aberdeen Maternity Hospital was the third and final hospital to move to Foresterhill as part of the Joint Hospitals Scheme. The first dedicated maternity hospital opened in 1900 on Castle Street, with its roots beginning in the Aberdeen Dispensary, Vaccine and Lying-In Institution, and its future in the Baird Family Hospital.

Covid-19 Sound Map
(times vary)

Pete Stollery, from Sound Scotland, is creating a sound map on Google Earth which aims to capture the sounds which have changed as a result of the lockdown around the world. People are being asked to record their surroundings and describe how their environment has changed during this time. Some examples of recordings include empty city centres, clapping for carers, tannoy announcement and birdsong which can now be heard. You can view and listen to the Sound Map here. Pete explains more about the map and how to use it as part of The Cusp Magazine’s live stream programme on Facebook.

 

Free Films on BFI Player
(times vary)

Watch shorts and features, showing the best from the BFI, national and regional archives – including 120 years of Britain on film, free on the BFI Player.

Sound Bites Playlists
(3 playlists, times vary)

Our partners at Sound Scotland have created playlists of contemporary music for you to enjoy. They have put together 3 unique playlists to suit your mood – Reflective, Upbeat and Something Different

Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital – NHS Grampian Archives
(1.37 minutes)

A new film from NHS Grampian Archives looking at the history of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. This short film spans its origins in the city centre to its move to the Foresterhill site.

This has been made as part of the GHAT Amplify project.

John Walter – ‘A Virus Walks Into A Bar’ (2018)
(20.46 minutes)

As part of the Co-Factors exhibition which is still currently on in The Suttie Arts Space, we thought you might be interested in the film which was made as part of the original CAPSID installation the large scale paintings were part of in 2018-2019.

Backstage at The Music Hall
(4.33 minutes)

Behind the scenes look at the Music Hall from Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA). Ops Manager Doug takes you on a backstage tour of the Music Hall. Have a sneak peek at the places you don’t normally get to see and find out what they are doing to maintain the building while it is closed. APA is currently working with GHAT on the Amplify project.

Silent Disco in Dr Gray’s Acute Care for the Elderly Ward
(3.06 minutes)

In 2018 Resonate Disseminate Artists Mike Inglis and Graeme Roger, worked with Coyote Initiatives and Dance North to pilot the first Silent Disco in Dr Gray’s Acute Care for the Elderly Ward.  ‘Our joint project between arts organisations in Moray has brought the popular silent discos, often seen at festivals and raves, to elderly patients at Dr Gray’s Hospital Elgin. The first of its kind in the area, the project is based upon an idea piloted for dementia patients in Australia, which revealed huge benefits amongst sufferers, including better focus, increased energy and improved mood.‘ Mike Inglis

The Barn: Music From Our Summer Programme
(times vary)

The Barn in Banchory has released a playlist of their Summer Program which was programmed to run May-August 2020.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary – NHS Grampian Archives
(1.58 minutes)

This video has been made by NHS Grampian Archives in collaboration with Grampian Hospitals Art Trust as part of their Amplify project.  Looking at the history of the Joint Hospitals Scheme, first mentioned 100 years ago in 1920. You can also see footage of the laying of the foundation stone in 1928 on the British Pathé website and the opening ceremony in 1936.

Music in Hospitals and Care Playlist
(times vary 40 songs)

Created by Music in Hospitals and Care, a playlist of catchy tunes – some old, some new – for all the hard-working folks at NHS Grampian. With love and appreciation from everybody here at Music in Hospitals & Care and GHAT.

Jo Gilbert Creative-Me-Podcast
(59 minutes)

Episode 29 of the Creative Me Podcast series features the local poet Jo Gilbert (who also happens to be GHAT’s Artroom Senior Manager).

This episode covers the time from Jo going back to university to do a masters in writing, coming out of her comfort zone and saying yes to new opportunities that come her way and much more. Jo also performs a piece of her work towards the end of the chat.

All episodes are available on Itunes, google podcasts, TuneIn radio, podcast addict, player FM and Soundcloud.

Grayson’s Art Club
(Channel 4, Thursdays)

Grayson Perry, one of Britain’s leading artists, brings the nation together through art in Grayson’s Art Club. Grayson will be making new work and hosting masterclasses to unleash our collective creativity during the lockdown. More information on how to submit your work can be found here.

The Stay at Home Festival podcasts
(times vary, 50-70 minutes)

Listen to The Stay at Home Festival podcasts free online, or join them live every day at 10am.  Hosts Robin Ince and Josie Long welcome a huge range of big name guests to their own couches in their own homes for chat, conversation, comedy, music and more. The Stay at Home Festival is produced by The Cosmic Shambles Network, 

 

The Community Hospital Project
(4.05 minutes)

This film was made as part of the Resonate | Disseminate project in 2018.  Steven Barker, a porter at Dr Grays Hospital in Elgin, worked with project artists Mike Inglis and Graeme Roger to film 11 community hospitals within the NHS Grampian Area. Steven runs a fully licensed aerial filming company, UAS Services, and over the course of a year gave up his own time to create this film celebrating NHS Grampian and the communities it works in.

John Walter Interview
(5.46 minutes)

John Walter speaks about his exhibition CAPSID at CGP London. This interview accompanies the Co-Factors exhibition currently on in The Suttie Arts Space, ARI, next to the Pink Zone. The exhibition is still open for people on the ARI site 24 hours a day.

The Bill Gibb Line Podcast Series
(19 minutes each)

The Bill Gibb Line podcast – The Bill Gibb Line is a spoken word podcast celebrating the life and work of fashion designer Bill Gibb, available on Spotify. It is written and performed by Shane Strachan with music by Ross Whyte. Shane Strachan is currently working on the GHAT Art Collection project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.To listen on iTunes please click here.

Artroom
(2.26 minutes)

Amy Benzie, one of our Artroom artists, being interviewed by That’s TV. Amy explains what it means to work as an artist on the project.

Mark-1 The world’s first whole body MRI Scanner
(17.44 minutes)

Mark-1 is the world’s first clinically-used whole-body MRI scanner, designed and built in the late 1970s by physicists and technical staff in the Medical Physics department of the University of Aberdeen. This documentary tells the story its development and the team who lead on it. Mark-1 is on permanent display in The Suttie Arts Space, ARI. There is an extended version of this documentary which can be viewed on our Vimeo account here.

National Theatre at Home
(times vary)

Enjoy world-class theatre online. Every Thursday at 7 pm the National Theatre will premier a new play online which can be watched on their YouTube channel for the rest of the week. Visit the National Theatre website for more details www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.